June 22: Kenney floats voluntary street-sweeping | The case for upzoning around parks | Vision Zero gift cards

Jim Kenney confirms to Ryan Briggs he wants to bring back citywide street-sweeping, except he wants to keep it voluntary and “maybe just clean the streets where people are willing to move their cars.” 

Some of the Historical Commission’s Architecture Committee staffers don’t like this PMC proposal for a 10-story mixed-use building on Arch Street. Nathaniel Popkin recently railed against some luxury townhomes with front-loading garages coming to this same area. 

Pope Francis has some urbanist ideas to share about transit and parking. 

Geoff Kees Thompson makes the connection between park investments and increased land values, and calls for upzoning around city parks to maximize property tax returns. 

Steve Stofka has some interesting ideas for addressing the Market Frankford El’s capacity issues.

A state bill would extend the indoor smoking ban to private clubs and all bars. 

Under Seattle’s Vision Zero campaign, police will hand out gift cards for law-abiding behavior.

Big problems for the economics of recycling

Why buses would still be necessary even in the wildest visions of driverless taxi utopia. 

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